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Exhibition Organisers Statement

DataCentres Ireland, 8 – 9 November 2016, RDS, Dublin

DataCentres Ireland again delivered more than 750 attendees and was considered a success by visitors, exhibitors and speakers.

Being a niche market event, the number of potential visitors that Datacentres Ireland can deliver is relatively low. However, most exhibitors commented on the quality of contacts which they made or were able to re-establish.

The details of the daily on-site attendance are: 2012 Total 2013 Total 2014 Total 2015 Total 2016 Day One 2016 Day Two 2016 Total % Increase/ Decrease YOY
Visitors 469 629 661 632 399 219 618 -2.2%
Speakers (Non Exhibitors) 21 39 73 66 37 36 73 11.2%
Repeat Visitors (Day 1 & Day 2) 48 84 67 56 96 96 70%
Total 538 752 801 754 436 351 778 0.7%

Exhibitor Staff: 365*

(*Exhibitors numbers are shown, as there is significant business conducted between the 67 exhibiting companies)

Total On-Site Attendance: 1131

Visitor numbers were similar to those achieved in 2014 & 2015, which given the event was competing directly with the now relocated Web Summit in Portugal and the Capacity Conference in France was a credible result and reflects the size of the Irish market.

This year DataCentres Ireland attracted attendees from 17 countries, ranging from USA, and Japan to Liechtenstein, Spain, Norway and The Netherlands.

Whilst Day two saw a small reduction on the number of new attendees coming to the event, it did deliver over 250 individuals which had not visited on day one of the exhibition and does validate the need for the second day. Anecdotally this was backed up by a number of exhibitors who stated they had generated more leads on day two than on day one.

Due to the nature of the various conference sessions as well as the opportunities to meet exhibitors, those attending on both days was significantly up on 2015, with over 95 attendees going to both days.

Exhibitors again commented on the focused nature and quality of the audience DataCentres Ireland delivered. This combined with the business nature of the event resulted in many saying that the quality of attendee and time they had with them, was a significant benefit to them and the event overall.

From talking to exhibitors, DataCentres Ireland delivered senior people from all the major datacentres based in Ireland, whether Co-lo’s such as Keppel, Interxion, Equinix, CIX, Digital Realty, Edgeconnex, amongst others. Also senior representatives from Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Ebay, Digital Realty, Trinity College, Boston Scientific and Lidl to name but a few.

Visitor’s commented on the professionalism of the exhibitors, the range of products and services on display, as well as the quality and breadth of the conference programme.

Attendee Profile by Geographic Region as a Percentage of Total Attendance

Ireland – 78.4%

(Inc. N. Ireland)

Europe – 18.9%

(Inc. UK, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Serbia, Netherlands, Spain, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Norway)

ROW – 2.7%

(Inc. USA, Japan and Canada)

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